Corruption charges, a huge fiscal deficit and opposition baying for impeachment.. is this the end for Brazil’s once leading lady Dilma Rousseff?
Rousseff has now found herself in decidedly hot water after losing a battle in the federal audit court over her government’s 2014 accounts, enabling her opponents to now try to impeach her, the Guardian reports.
The beginning of the end?
“It’s the end for the Rousseff government,” Rubens Bueno, a congressman from Brazil’s PPS (Popular Socialist party) commented.
Leading the opposition is president of Brazil’s chamber of deputies Eduardo Cunha, currently being investigated by the country’s federal police over links to the largest corruption scandal to rock the country for decades: Operation Carwash.
In addition, spending cuts and an increase in taxes have also seen Rousseff’s popularity ratings drop to sickly figures, as the president announced a 65 billion reais spending cut ($16.9 billion) to try and aid the country’s budget deficit.
But Latin American neighbors Bolivia and Venezuela look set to muscle in to prevent a potential coup, El Universo reports.
“Neither is going to survive.”
“We are watching what is happening in Brazil with alarm and concern… We are going to undergo talks because a new type of coup looks set to happen in Brazil against Dilma Rousseff,” President Nicolás Maduro commented.
Brazil’s Supreme Federal court stepped in at the last minute, preventing Cunha from forming a parliamentary commission to out Rousseff.
“He’s (Cunha) going out shooting,” commented David Fleischer, an emeritus professor of political science at the University of Brasilia.
“There’s a bet on who’s out first – Dilma or him. But they’re both gone. Neither is going to survive.”
Not forgetting ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who continues to loiter in the wings of the country’s political crisis. Named as a potential to aid the impasse in Brazil’s congress, da Silva nonetheless hasn’t escaped investigation as Operation Carwash claims continue.
Still, Rousseff have managed to win some more time, for now at least.
But Rousseff’s one-time ally is also on borrowed time. Under investigation for money laundering and receiving bribes, could he be using Rousseff to divert attention from his own delicate situation?
Fifty legislators from seven of Brazil’s political parties want Cunha removed, as his dirty laundry from the Petrobras’ scandal also looks set to be aired.
“It is pathetic to have as speaker of the house a lawmaker with such accusations against him,” said Deputy Chico Alencar, head of the Socialism and Liberty Party or PSOL, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“He needs to be removed…in order not to throw the institution into the mud.”
Austerity measures and “coup-mongering” claims aside, both Dilma Rousseff and Eduardo Cunha’s days could be truly numbered.